History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 16.​> doctrines publicly, and always teach stronger doctrines in public than in private. John was one of the men, and the Apostles declare they were made Kings and Priests unto God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; it reads just so in the Revelations; hence the doctrine of a plurality of Gods is as prominent in the Bible as any other doctrine; it is all over the face of the Bible— it stands beyond the power of controversy— ‘a wayfaring man though a fool needs not err therein’. Paul says there are Gods many and Lords many— I want to set it forth in a plain and simple manner— but to us there is but one God— that is, pertaining to us— and He is in all and through all. But if Joseph Smith says there are Gods many and Lords many, they cry, ‘away with him— crucify him— crucify him’.
“Mankind verily say that the scriptures are with them— search the scriptures; for they testify of things that these apostates would gravely pronounce blasphemy. Paul, if Joseph Smith is a blasphemer, you are. I say there are Gods many and Lords many, but to us only one; and we are to be in subjection to that one; and no man can limit the bounds, or the eternal existence of eternal time. Hath he beheld the eternal world, and is he authorized to say that there is only one God? he makes himself a fool if he thinks or says so, and there is an end of his [HC 6:474] career or progress in knowledge— he cannot obtain all knowledge, for he has sealed up the gate to it. Some say I do not interpret the scriptures the same as they do— they say it means the heathens gods. Paul says there are Gods many and Lords many, and that makes a plurality of Gods in spite of the whims of all men. Without a revelation I am not going to give them the Knowledge of the God of Heaven. You know and I testify that Paul had no allusion to the heathen gods; I have it from God, and get over it if you can. I have a witness of the Holy Ghost, and a testimony that Paul had no allusion to the heathen gods in the text. I will shew from the Hebrew Bible that I am correct; and the first word shews a plurality of Gods; and I want the apostates and learned men to come here and prove to the contrary, if they can. An unlearned boy must give you a little Hebrew: Berosheit baurau Eloheim ait aushamayeem vehau auraits— rendered by King James’s translators,— ‘In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.’ I want to analyze the word Berosheit. Rosh the head; Sheit a grammatical termination; the Baith was not originally put there when the inspired man wrote it, but it has been since added by an old Jew. Baurau signifies to bring forth; Eloheim is from the word Eloi— God, in the singular number; and by adding the word heim it renders it Gods. It read first, ‘In the beginning the head of the Gods brought forth the Gods’, or as others have rendered the translation, <​translated it​> — the head of the Gods called the Gods together.’ I want to shew a little learning as well as other fools.
“‘Drink deep or taste not the Pierian spring,
Shallow draughts intoxicate the brain;
But drinking deep will sober us again.’
“All this confusion among professed translators is for want of drinking another draught. The head God organized the heavens and the earth; I defy all the learning in the world to refute me. ‘In the beginning the heads of the Gods organized the heavens and the earth.’ Now the learned priest and the people rage, and the heathen imagine a vain thing. If we pursue the Hebrew text further it reads:— ‘Berosheit baurau Eloheim ait aushamayeem vehau auraits’— ‘The head one of the Gods said, let us make man in our image’. I once asked a learned Jew ‘if the Hebrew language compels us to render all words ending in heim in the plural, why not render the first Eloheim plural?’ He replied, ‘that is the rule with few exceptions, but in this case it would ruin the bible.’ He acknowledged I was right. I came here to investigate these things precisely as I believed; hear and judge for yourselves, and if you [p. 102]
June 16. doctrines publicly, and always teach stronger doctrines in public than in private. John was one of the men, and the Apostles declare they were made Kings and Priests unto God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; it reads just so in the Revelations; hence the doctrine of a plurality of Gods is as prominent in the Bible as any other doctrine; it is all over the face of the Bible— it stands beyond the power of controversy— ‘a wayfaring man though a fool needs not err therein’. Paul says there are Gods many and Lords many— I want to set it forth in a plain and simple manner— but to us there is but one God— that is, pertaining to us— and He is in all and through all. But if Joseph Smith says there are Gods many and Lords many, they cry, ‘away with him— crucify him— crucify him’.
“Mankind verily say that the scriptures are with them— search the scriptures; for they testify of things that these apostates would gravely pronounce blasphemy. Paul, if Joseph Smith is a blasphemer, you are. I say there are Gods many and Lords many, but to us only one; and we are to be in subjection to that one; and no man can limit the bounds, or the eternal existence of eternal time. Hath he beheld the eternal world, and is he authorized to say that there is only one God? he makes himself a fool if he thinks or says so, and there is an end of his [HC 6:474] career or progress in knowledge— he cannot obtain all knowledge, for he has sealed up the gate to it. Some say I do not interpret the scriptures the same as they do— they say it means the heathens gods. Paul says there are Gods many and Lords many, and that makes a plurality of Gods in spite of the whims of all men. Without a revelation I am not going to give them the Knowledge of the God of Heaven. You know and I testify that Paul had no allusion to the heathen gods; I have it from God, and get over it if you can. I have a witness of the Holy Ghost, and a testimony that Paul had no allusion to the heathen gods in the text. I will shew from the Hebrew Bible that I am correct; and the first word shews a plurality of Gods; and I want the apostates and learned men to come here and prove to the contrary, if they can. An unlearned boy must give you a little Hebrew: Berosheit baurau Eloheim ait aushamayeem vehau auraits— rendered by King James’s translators,— ‘In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.’ I want to analyze the word Berosheit. Rosh the head; Sheit a grammatical termination; the Baith was not originally put there when the inspired man wrote it, but it has been since added by an old Jew. Baurau signifies to bring forth; Eloheim is from the word Eloi— God, in the singular number; and by adding the word heim it renders it Gods. It read first, ‘In the beginning the head of the Gods brought forth the Gods’, or as others have translated it — the head of the Gods called the Gods together.’ I want to shew a little learning as well as other fools.
“‘Drink deep or taste not the Pierian spring,
Shallow draughts intoxicate the brain;
But drinking deep will sober us again.’
“All this confusion among professed translators is for want of drinking another draught. The head God organized the heavens and the earth; I defy all the learning in the world to refute me. ‘In the beginning the heads of the Gods organized the heavens and the earth.’ Now the learned priest and the people rage, and the heathen imagine a vain thing. If we pursue the Hebrew text further it reads:— ‘Berosheit baurau Eloheim ait aushamayeem vehau auraits’— ‘The head one of the Gods said, let us make man in our image’. I once asked a learned Jew ‘if the Hebrew language compels us to render all words ending in heim in the plural, why not render the first Eloheim plural?’ He replied, ‘that is the rule with few exceptions, but in this case it would ruin the bible.’ He acknowledged I was right. I came here to investigate these things precisely as I believed; hear and judge for yourselves, and if you [p. 102]
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